Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)



Critic Consensus: Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.

Movie Info

In this spy adventure, James Bond is involved in a scheme by the insidious Ernst Blofeld to force the world powers to disarm so that he can take over the globe. Folksinger Jimmy Dean shows up briefly as a Howard Hughes-like reclusive billionaire, while Lana Wood is a "human prop."more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Sean Connery
as James Bond
Jill St. John
as Tiffany Case
Charles Gray
as Ernst Blofeld
Lana Wood
as Plenty O'Toole
Jimmy Dean
as Willard Whyte
Putter Smith
as Mr. Kidd
Bruce Glover
as Mr. Wint
Ed Call
as Maxie
Joseph Fürst
as Dr. Metz
George A. Cooper
as SPECTRE Agent
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Leonard Barr
as Shady Tree
Laurence Naismith
as Sir Donald Monger
Margaret Lacey
as Mrs. Whistler
Joe Robinson
as Peter Franks
Trina Parks
as Thumper
Ed Bishop
as Klaus Hergersheimer
Nicky Blair
as Doorman
Clifford Earl
as Immigration Officer
Karl Held
as Agent
John Abineri
as Airline Representati...
Max Latimer
as Blofeld's Double
Bill Hutchinson
as Moon Crater Controll...
Frank Mann
as Moon Crater Guard
David Bauer
as Slumber
Mark Elwes
as Sir Donald's Secreta...
Frank Olegario
as Man in Fez
David Healy
as Vandenburg Launch Di...
Gordon Ruttan
as Vandenburg Aide
Marc Lawrence I
as Attendant
Sid Haig
as Attendant
Michael Valente
as Attendant
Ray Baker
as Helicopter Pilot
Catherine Deeney
as Welfare Worker
Jay Sarno
as Sideshow Barker
George Lane Cooper
as SPECTRE Agent
Dick Crockett
as Crane Operator
Janos Kurucz
as Aide to Metz
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Critic Reviews for Diamonds Are Forever

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (7)

Bond looks better than ever, partly because Sean Connery has returned to play him.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Diamonds Are Forever doesn't carry the same quality or flair as its many predecessors.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Top Critic

Assorted ladies, a few quick lines, and one good chase, making for a mediocre entry in the series.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A wry and exhilarating bit of entertainment.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie's momentum is such that one never has much time to react to its lack of reason, only to its sensations of speed and narrow escape, and to the splendor of its crazy gadgets and décor.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

We see different movies for different reasons, and Diamonds Are Forever is great at doing the things we see a James Bond movie for.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Diamonds Are Forever


After George Lazenby decided not to appear in another James Bond movie after OHMSS, Eon Productions offered Sean Connery a boat-load of money to come back to the role...and Connery was only too happy to phone it in.

Yeah, I'm not going to be too subtle about this, I am really not a big fan of this particular entry in the series. It ranks up there with "Die Another Day" as one of the absolute low-points of the series. The plot is pretty boring and un-invovling, Jill St. John is absolutely irritating as Tiffany Case, Charles Gray feels completely miscast as Blofeld, and the Las Vegas setting is pretty drab despite it's overload of glitter. The whole thing feels more like a big budget Saturday-morning cartoon and most of the action sequences are a complete joke. The only action sequence that is sincerely great is the elevator fight.

But worst of all is Connery's completely indifferent and charmless final performance in the official 007 movie cannon. What a way to go!!

Regardless, some shining spots can be found on this crappy diamond. Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint are a great villainous pair and the actors knock it out of the park, preventing this film from completely falling flat in the villain department. There are also some sincerely funny moments of witty dialogue (Right idea Mr. Bond, but wrong pussy).

After this, Connery officially steps down as James Bond for least until the unofficial Bond entry "Never Say Never Again."

Coming up, Roger Moore!!

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Back in action, "Diamonds Are Forever" showcases Sean Connery in his last Bond role, and although it is among his weakest entries, if not the weakest, it is definitely an entertaining ride. With clever dialogue and a fast-paced story, this film works in every way. The visuals are improving, the story is good, and the classiness is still in tact. What I admired about this movie is the fact that even though the villains became full of themselves and the "precious artifacts" were stolen far too many times, the seriousness is building up for the franchise. "Diamonds are Forever" is a fun return to form for the franchise. "Diamonds are Forever" is an average bond film, but I enjoyed it.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


A lesser Bond effort, Connery absolutely positive that only showing up is enough, and worst, he's absolutely right. Meh.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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